Basement of the Week: From A Drab Man Cave To A Swanky Karaoke Lounge

Located on the south side of Indianapolis, this formerly dark basement did not give off a fun or welcoming vibe for these karaoke loving homeowners. While the husband wanted to keep a sense of the man-cave, they both wanted to create a space that felt energetic, modern and contemporary, where they could entertain, have a place for conversation and a place for relaxation.



WebsiteWhonPhoto_Craig002Due to the lack of natural light in this area, the homeowners concentrated on ways to brighten up this previously dark space. To bring more light to the area, six recessed can lights were installed in the ceiling. In addition, an 18′ mini chandelier was installed to not only brighten the space, but to compliment the desired contemporary look. The orange walls were painted soft beige and the base boards, stairs, balusters and railing were painted white to match the newly added bookcases.




Once the demolition of the brick wall was complete, the framing, plumbing and electrical was installed for the new wet bar. The mink cabinetry features stemware & wine racking, glass front doors to showcase their favorite liquors and even custom shelving for their karaoke machine and speakers. The sleek backsplash and bar wall features Roman Beige ledge stone. White Corian countertops called “Witch Hazel” was selected to help balance the contrasting colors of the dark cabinetry and light ledgestone.





Located just off of the lounge and wet bar room, this transformed area serves as a gaming center and a theatre room. To provide good traffic flow in-between the two areas, the doorway into the room was widened.


Coordinating with the wet bar, the new gas fireplace features the same stone used for the backsplash and bar wall. The mink cabinetry and built-ins provide ample storage for board games and movies. The Kichler multi-light pendant brightens up the space while also adds modern elegance to the room.

websiteWhonPhoto_Craig015Poplar wainscotting was installed on the theatre room walls and then stained to match the cabinetry in the theatre room and wet bar.








“Our favorite part of the whole remodel is definitely the bar. We are so ecstatic to have a place to sing karaoke and have fun with our friends and family without ever leaving our home.”

Is your basement missing the charm to host your friend and family this upcoming winter? Let us help transform your lackluster basement into your entertainment haven. To schedule a free, in-home, consultation with one of our talented designers, call us at 317-846-2600 or by email at





DSCN4573 EXISTING KITCHEN: Located on beautiful wooden lot in Martinsville, the original 17-year-old kitchen and family room left little to be desired for the homeowners. “We were so tired of the old 90’s design in our kitchen and family room. Each room had a gimmicky theme and we were ready for something a little more contemporary with a rustic edge.”


WebsiteToffoloKitchenThe original perimeter cabinets were still in great shape and functioned well in their existing locations; however, they needed cosmetic upgrades in order to modernize the space. The perimeter cabinets were painted “Eggshell” with a Pewter Glaze applied around the raised panel edges. New pull handles in a brushed satin nickel finish were installed to replace the old hardware.

Website_WP34767In order to receive the homeowner’s new farmhouse style sink, the base cabinet was modified to fit the sink front.

Website_WP34754To provide better ventilation above the stove, the microwave was removed from the upper cabinet and replaced with a higher-end vent hood. Custom woodwork was then added to conceal the vent and crown molding was applied to the raised upper cabinets to complete the final look.


Website_WP34747To accommodate more seating and storage, the homeowners opted to remove the original island and replace it with a larger island in a contrasting “Espresso” color. The new island now offers more space for seating, storage and also houses the new location of the microwave. Three new pendant lights in an oiled bronze finish were installed above the island making it the main focal point of the room.


_WP34716Pairing perfectly with the newly painted cabinets, “Black Pearl Suede” granite countertops were installed on the perimeter cabinetry. Completing the two-toned look, contrasting granite in a “Pergaminho” color was selected for island countertop. Larger format 3” x 6” tiles called “Catania Blanco” were selected for the kitchen backsplash giving the space the desired rustic look.


DSCN4561“Our original fireplace had a very cold look to it with the large white tiles. It didn’t give off a very warm and cozy feeling.”

Website_WP34735To warm up the space, the tile was removed and replaced with a multi-color stacked stone. The fireplace wall was then painted deep green creating a breathtaking feature wall in the family room.

FINAL RESULT: “Being entertainers, we are thrilled to host our friends and family in our newly remodeled kitchen and family room. Of the entire space, we love the island countertop the most and can’t wait to show it off.”

Incorporating our smart design with our skilled craftsmen can give you the kitchen you want at the price you can afford. Click here to schedule a FREE, no obligation, in-home consultation with one of our designers. Or give us a call at 317-846-2600.


Latest Trends in Home Remodeling

Are you ready to start planning for a remodel – but not quite up to speed on the latest trends? Straight from the designers at Case Design/Remodeling, read more below about the latest trends seen in local home renovations.



Large format tiles are on the rise in kitchen & bath remodeling. Many homeowners are choosing 12″ x 24″ tile for their flooring to create the illusion of a larger space – especially in smaller bathrooms. Consider using a herringbone or brick installation patterns to add a dramatic look to your space.

Apron Front Sinks: 

PD3_5279Coming in all different types of design styles and finishes, the apron front sink (or commonly known as the farmhouse sink) has been a popular choice due to their ability to stand out as a focal point in the kitchen.

In the past, an apron front sink required custom cabinetry or custom modifications due to their size and weight. With their growing popularity, manufacturers have created retro-fit apron front sinks eliminating the need for custom cabinetry.



Large Multi-Bulb Lighting:

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Large “multi-light” light fixtures are taking over homes in the metro Indianapolis area by storm. In the past, mini-pendants over kitchen islands were all the craze. Today, homeowners are opting for multiple larger-style lighting above their kitchen islands, above free standing tubs and even in casual seating areas.

Working Islands:

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To accommodate busy and “on-the-go” lifestyles, the kitchen has truly become the heart of the home. The kitchen island has become more than an area for food prep. The larger working islands now allow homeowners to prepare food while entertaining, supervising homework, paying bills, etc. Including seating in the island also eliminates the need for an extra dining table in the kitchen area.

Indoor/Outdoor Living: 

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More and more, homeowners are extending their living areas to the great outdoors with “open-air” style porches. In the old days, outdoor living consisted of a concrete slab patio with a grill and maybe a couple folding chairs. Today, covered porches are in high demand due to their multi-functional features. Motorized retractable screens offer the convenience of closing off the porch on hot/buggy summer nights or leaving them open on a cool/breezy fall evening. Adding a double-sided fireplace to the porch adds coziness and warmth. It’s the perfect venue to sip on your morning coffee, entertain, watch a football game or to simply unwind at the end of a long day.

Restaurant Grade Bars: 

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The trends are showing that people are trying to find ways to spend more time at home by upgrading areas in their home – including the lower level wet bar. Inspired by homeowners favorite local bars – the trends in the designs of basement wet bars include beverage refrigerators, stemware storage, liquor storage, dramatic backsplashes and lighting. For the frigid months, this area is the place to be to watch sporting events or sing karaoke without ever leaving the house.

For more information on the latest trends or to talk to a designer about a home remodeling project you have in mind, give us a call at 317.846.2600 or via email at